Good news : the 65th session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has adopted stric limits on scientific whaling program, that Japan is determined to continue in Antarctica. However, the IWC rejected the sanctuary project in the south Atlantic and granted a quota of 200 whales to Greenland under aboriginal whaling.
While the fall in demand for shark fin soup is an excellent news, the tuna industry is blamed as responsible for the slaughter of millions of sharks, including several species protected by CITES. In Indonesia, the biggest world producer of tuna, sharks caught as bycatch are destined for domestic consumption and export. Therefore, most tuna consumers take part to this unbearable traffic.
Oceanographic mission MedATolls was held this summer as part of the study mission to create a marine park around the Corsican Cape. Several types of coralligenous atolls have been identified between 110 and 140 m depth, while underwater forest of sea fans and many sponge species have been discovered.
U.S. scientists have called for international cooperation to preserve the ecosystems of the deep seabed, whose mineral wealth and fisheries are coveted by manufacturers.
Taiwan Forestry Office announced the creation of a sanctuary to protect the white dolphin of China, an endangered humpback dolphin species. Set up by the end of June, the sanctuary will cover 76,300 hectares along the west coast of the island.
Second tourist destination in the world for manta, Indonesia has created the largest sanctuary in the world to protect this fascinating sea creature is as popular amongst divers for their grace than amongst Chinese for their gills.
Located in Corsica, MYRTE experimental platform has set up the Greenergy Box, a new storage system and energy management developed by Areva. Operating on a coupling of solar panels with a system of hydrogen storage and fuel cell, this installation aims to solve the problems of intermittent solar energy.
With his steel trunk of 8 meters high and its branches from 80 to 100 plastic sheets that serve as mini wind turbines, "l'Arbre à Vent" revolutionizes the traditional image of wind turbines. Aesthetic and silent, this technological innovation offers a new reliable source of energy on a human scale which should promote energy independence of consumers.
Researchers at University of California Berkeley have developed a carpet that will convert waves into usable energy. The team is looking for funding to develop the first pilot plant into the ocean and convince its benefits.